Romans 12:17
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New International Version
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

New Living Translation
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

English Standard Version
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

New American Standard Bible
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

King James Bible
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes.

International Standard Version
Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.

NET Bible
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Repay no person evil for evil, but be concerned with doing good before all people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not repaying anyone evil for evil; procuring that which is good not only in the sight of God, but even in the sight of all men.

King James 2000 Bible
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

American King James Version
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

American Standard Version
Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To no man rendering evil for evil. Providing good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.

Darby Bible Translation
recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men:

English Revised Version
Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honourable in the sight of all men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Weymouth New Testament
Pay back to no man evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and seemly in every one's esteem.

World English Bible
Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.

Young's Literal Translation
giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:17-21 Since men became enemies to God, they have been very ready to be enemies one to another. And those that embrace religion, must expect to meet with enemies in a world whose smiles seldom agree with Christ's. Recompense to no man evil for evil. That is a brutish recompence, befitting only animals, which are not conscious of any being above them, or of any existence hereafter. And not only do, but study and take care to do, that which is amiable and creditable, and recommends religion to all with whom you converse. Study the things that make for peace; if it be possible, without offending God and wounding conscience. Avenge not yourselves. This is a hard lesson to corrupt nature, therefore a remedy against it is added. Give place unto wrath. When a man's passion is up, and the stream is strong, let it pass off; lest it be made to rage the more against us. The line of our duty is clearly marked out, and if our enemies are not melted by persevering kindness, we are not to seek vengeance; they will be consumed by the fiery wrath of that God to whom vengeance belongeth. The last verse suggests what is not easily understood by the world; that in all strife and contention, those that revenge are conquered, and those that forgive are conquerors. Be not overcome of evil. Learn to defeat ill designs against you, either to change them, or to preserve your own peace. He that has this rule over his spirit, is better than the mighty. God's children may be asked whether it is not more sweet unto them than all earthly good, that God so enables them by his Spirit, thus to feel and act.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Recompence to no man evil for evil,.... Neither evil words for evil words, railing for railing; nor evil deeds for evil deeds, one ill turn for another; nor the evil of punishment for the evil of fault, unless it be by persons, who under God have an authority to inflict it; as the civil magistrate, who "is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil", Romans 13:4; but private revenge is what is here forbidden:

providing things honest in the sight of all men. The Vulgate Latin reads, "not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men"; and the Alexandrian copy reads, "in the sight of God and in the sight of men", which clause seems to have crept in here, out of 2 Corinthians 8:21. The words are not to be understood of a man's providing things honest, decent, and commendable, as suitable food and raiment for his family, in the sight of all men, to the honour of religion, and the credit of his profession, which is right to be done; but of a provident, thoughtful, and studious concern, to do everything that is laudable and of good report among men. The Syriac version renders the words alter this manner, , "but be careful to do well", or exercise beneficence before all men; either restraining it to acts of beneficence, even to them that do us ill, in opposition to rendering evil to them; or applying it to all offices of humanity, and every good work, which are to be done in the sight of men; not merely to be seen of them, and in a vainglorious way, in order to obtain their esteem and applause, as did the Pharisees; but to avoid offence; to put, to silence, by well doing, the ignorance of wicked men; and to shame them that falsely accuse the good conversation of the saints; and to recommend the Gospel and true religion, and win men over to it thereby, and give an occasion to them of glorifying God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Recompense—"Recompensing," &c.—(See on [2257]Ro 12:14).

Provide—"Providing"

things honest—"honorable"

in the sight of all men—The idea (which is from Pr 3:4) is the care which Christians should take so to demean themselves as to command the respect of all men.

Romans 12:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Forgiveness
16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:25
Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man's silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,

1 Samuel 26:11
But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD's anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let's go."

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

Proverbs 24:29
Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."

Matthew 5:24
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Recompense.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

Proverbs 20:22 Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he …

Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

Provide.

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

1 Corinthians 6:6,7 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers…

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

2 Corinthians 8:20,21 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which …

Philippians 4:8,9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that …

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

Titus 2:4,5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

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